St. Paul's Church, Ireland Wood and Tinshill, Ireland Wood

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"We aim to be a welcoming, Christian community worshipping God and sharing, through words and actions, the Good News of Jesus Christ."

St. Paul's Mission Statement, December 2013







Easter Day 2014 will always be remembered as a new beginning – for Anglicans in this part of the world anyway. This is the day that we become part of the new diocese of “West Yorkshire and the Dales.” The three dioceses of Ripon and Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield have given up their independent existence to become part of something bigger. The Rt Revd Nick Baines is the first Bishop of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and the Area Bishop of Leeds. He says “Let’s walk this new journey together as we forge new friendships, cross old boundaries, and shape a vision for this new Diocese. I am excited by what lies ahead of us.”



St. Paul's is a relatively modern and distinctive church building. Built in 1965 it is eight-sided with a crowning cupola containing the bell. It stands just below the highest point of the City of Leeds. Internally it has a large unobstructed worship area with seating for over 300 people.  There is an adjoining church hall and meeting room (Jubilee Room) which are used by the church and local community.

The church serves a large parish comprising mostly post-war housing both social and private. There are three primary and one high school in the parish, also the Holt Park Centre comprising supermarket, shops, OPAL centre, Ralph Thoresby High School, Holt Park Library and the new Holt Park Active leisure and wellbeing centre.

Our clergy are:

Priest-in-Charge (of St Paul, Ireland Wood and also of St John, Adel): Rev Dr Ian White, Adel Rectory, 25 Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, LS16 8DQ. Tel: 0113 26736760113 26736760113 26736760113 2673676; e-mail: [email protected]

Associate Priest: Rev Linda Ludkin, The Vicarage, Raynel Drive, Leeds, LS16 6BS. Tel: 0113 23015640113 23015640113 23015640113 2301564. e-mail: [email protected]

Assistant Curate: Rev Ian Johnston. Tel: 07914750969; e-mail: [email protected]

All enquiries should be made to Rev Linda.

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Rev Linda Ludkin
Associate Priest,
C/o St Paul's Church, Raynel Drive, LEEDS, LS16 6BS
Tel: 0113 2301564
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Holy Communion
A simple service of Holy Communion (said) using Common Worship. This takes place every Sunday (no service on 25 December 2011 and 1 January 2012)
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Common Worship
Family Communion
This is a service of Holy Communion for everyone. It lasts about 45 minutes and includes Prayer, Praise and teaching. The music is provided by the St Paul's First Sunday Band. Coffee, tea, fruit squash and biscuits are served in the adjoinging church hall after the service.
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly creche Coffee
Sung Eucharist
A celebration of the Holy Eucharist using Common Worship.
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Coffee Common Worship


Parish Prayers
We meet to pray for the needs of the world, the parish and it's people. In particular we remember those for whom prayers have specifically been asked. Usually meet in the Church Vestry.
Every first and third Monday at 6:00 PM


Mothers' Union
Monthly meeting of parish branch. Meetings include guest speakers, worship and socialising. Contact: Mrs Mary Thorpe, 01943 464000
Every third Tuesday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
St. Paul's Cubs
Weekly meeting of cub scout group. Held during school term time. Contact: Shasheen Stafford; 0113 2675504
Weekly in school term every Tuesday at 6:30 PM for 1½ hours


Art Group
Meeting of artists of all abilities. Open to all, beginners and those more advanced are equally welcome; tuition given by members. Occasional guest speakers. Contact: Tony Willshaw; 0113 2675676
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for 2 hours
Craft Group
Meeting for those interested in needlecraft of all descriptions. Open to all, beginners and those more advanced are equally welcome. Contact: Miss Diana Bell; 0113 2612005
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for 2 hours


OPAL - Ireland Wood Meeting Point
OPAL Ireland Wood Meeting Point, held at St Paul's on 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. £1 entry (including refreshments). A regular coffee afternoon for you to meet new people and renew old acquaintances in a friednly, welcoming environment. Entertainment occasionally provided. More information from 0113 2619103.
Every second and fourth Thursday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
St Paul's Rainbows
Meeting of Rainbow Guide unit. Held during school term time. Contact: Kirsty Hazlegrave; 0113 2955382
Weekly in school term every Thursday at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
St Paul's Brownies
Meeting of Brownie Guide unit. Contact: Sue Hill; 0113 2613730
Weekly in school term every Thursday at 6:00 PM for 1½ hours
Live Music / Concerts Supports Fairtrade goods Spire/steeple Stained glass Organ Hall for hire Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets Baby Changing Facilities Visitor Parking Available

Mr Nigel Pearson Tel: 0113 2269327 Please contact for full details of available hall / rooms and costs.

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The Revd Ian Jeffrey WHITE
The Rectory, 25 Church Lane
0113-267 3676
A Church Near You ID: 3161
Built: 1965
Architect: G Davey
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: LEEDS (302)
Deanery: HEADINGLEY (30204)
Benefice: Ireland Wood (30/085BF)
Parish Legal Name: Ireland Wood (300251 30/251)
CofE Church Info: (630251 30/251)
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